Thursday, 12 November 2015

Deliciously Ella's apple and blackberry crumble

Hey guys! Today's recipe comes from Deliciously Ella's cookbook that I have ever so slightly adapted! This tastes amazing and is so good when you have lots of people around, plus it's healthy, vegan, gluten free and full of good things.

For this recipe you will need:

For the topping:
200g of almonds
180g of oats
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
100 ml of maple syrup
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

for the fruit:
6 red apples (I used five large cooking green apples from an apple tree)
4 tablespoons of honey (If using green sour apples like me)
a tablespoon of maple syrup (if using red apples)
400g of blackberries

Put almonds in a food processor until a flour forms and add it to a mixing bowl with the oats. Melt the coconut oil in a pan with the syrup and cinnamon or pour everything on top if already in liquid form. Make sure the liquid completely covers the dry ingredients by stirring.

Now, peal and core the apples and cut the remainder into small pieces.

put this into a pan with the blackberries, syrup or honey and a little bit of hot water. Simmer for ten minuets with a lid on and pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
when fruit is soft, transfer into a baking dish and put topping on top.

Now bake for 25 minuets!

This is done! This is one of my fave puddings for a dinner party as it's not very time consuming and fairly easy!

Hope you enjoy!
Lots of love
Eleanor x

Thursday, 5 November 2015

My healthy(er) chocolate brownies

Hey guys! I think it's always important to know a good brownie recipe, even better to know one which you can make vegan and gluten free and actually not all that bad for you. Scroll to the bottom of this recipe to find out why these ingredients are better than usual brownie recipes! This recipe is quick and easy and not packed with sugar!

Makes 12 small brownies. You will need:

170g of buckweat flour
four table spoons of coconut oil (plus extra to greese)
two tablespoons of honey
250g of dairy free dark chocolate (or normal dark chocolate if not vegan)
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder (gluten free baking powder is available too to keep it gluten free)
2 teaspoons of raw cacao powder (or three of coco powder)
230 ml of almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Heat 150 grams of the dark chocolate over a simmering pan of water.

While this is happening, sift flour, baking powder and cacao powder into a bowl. Then sir in honey, oil, milk and vanilla essence.
When your chocolate is completely melted,
Add it to the bowl and mix until combined.

Then break the 100g of chocolate left into squares and stir them in too.
Now grease the bottom of a baking dish and put grease proof paper on top. Pour mixture in. Put it in the oven for 20 minuets.

When it comes out leave to cool and then cut up into pieces! Enjoy!

A note about the ingredients and how they are good for you...

Buckweat flour is a gluten free flour, it has no wheat in despite it's name. It controls your blood sugar levels and is good for the heart. It's health promoting potential is equal to fruit and veg!

Raw Cacao powder is darker and stronger than coco powder, so less is needed. It has less sugar and is better for you.

Dark chocolate and honey are the best sources of antioxidants on the planet.

Coconut oil is made from good fats and can lower your risk of heart disease.

Lots of love
Eleanor x